Everything is fair in love and war. Is it? Well, in case of Kanishka Nurzada, it wasn’t. A 16-year-old Afghan, who intends to continue his father’s business, has secrets which can destroy his family in seconds. He is, what people of his community calls, a Kuni. An extremely derogatory term for gay people where they are punished to death. With a backdrop of political unrest, a young and exciting love between Kanishka and his best friend Maihaan unfurls.
Soon things take a sharp turn and everything goes southwards. Loss of family, loved ones and country became a part and parcel of most citizens’ lives. There was no place for humanity and Nemat did a great job with his lucid language telling people, how inhumane the conditions were.
Book Review: The Carpet Weaver by Nemat Sadat
For a debut, this is a fine example of what looks like dedicated marksmanship. Nemat explored the concept of manhood and what makes a man, manly. Faiz’s love for acting and drama was considered to be girly and was punished accordingly. The 1970s Afghanisthan was nothing short of walking over hellfire. And for Kanishka, being gay only made it worse. He had to go through unspeakable amounts of bullying and Nemat showed the ugly side of the torture being inflicted on those who dared to stand out in the crowd.
What I loved the most was how raw the homosexual eroticism was and expressed with such ease. This was a first for me and I did not even flinch once. Kanishka’s feelings and thoughts were vivid and descriptive enough to make me an essential part of it. It was like, I was there. And oh, the descriptions of Afghani food! I had to make sure my face was stuffed else I’d have drooled harder than a 6-month-old baby! The Carpet Weaver is a prime example of LGBTQ books and no wonder there’s some talk in the B-town regarding its movie adaptation. I am usually at the lead of “Books are better than the movie” team, but I really want to see Benafsha struggling with her braids and Maihaan and Kanishka’s first kiss on the big screen. Is that too much to ask?
The Carpet weaver, gave a whole lot of The Kite Runner feels to me where Khaled Hosseini explored a similar era and demography sans the gay romance.
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